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Living on the weekends - Tales from 100# Down

Friday, September 27, 2013

Back in the "old days" when I was on a "diet" I felt SO deprived on weekends. Food had always been my "major fun". Now be sure you read to the END of this blog because if you don't you won't have the "whole" story.

I STILL enjoy my weekends. I have a husband that travels with his work so this is "our time". Guess what? We STILL have fun! We STILL enjoy meals together. We STILL eat out. You may be thinking... how do you lose weight?

Like most people we have a favorite restaurant. I would call it upscale casual. We go there every Saturday for lunch. The ambiance is nice. The food is high quality and tasty. The servers know us. It's FUN to go there. It took some time but we figured out how to do this and NOT wreck my plan.

We SPLIT an entree! We drink ice water with lemon and order the steak sandwich, a cup of soup and mashed potatoes instead of fries. They split it in the kitchen and it's JUST the right amount of food. I further strip mine down by removing the top of my bread. We take our time and enjoy this weekly meal and it's only a hit of 595 calories. VERY doable! We also save money because we are only eating "one meal". This is my weekly "beef fix" and the potatoes are so tasty. I feel like it's a treat yet with this portion control I'm totally in range. I don't miss out on the experience of my favorite restaurant or meal and it's a highlight of my Saturday.

I usually allow myself some chocolate on the weekends. Sometimes I buy an Andes Mint at the cashier (10c and only 25 calories). It makes me feel like I had a treat - again for a tiny calorie hit. These are those small things that make the weekend still seem special. THEN I don't feel deprived when I come home and get back to my usual healthier food.

It's a lesson in moderation. Foods shouldn't have to be taboo IF you are disciplined enough to reduce your portions and frequency. Now... before I go any further I should tell you that it is important if you are "out of control" that you wait a bit to employ this technique. When I began I had to be very diligent to stick to my healthier choices as I had not yet matured enough in my journey to handle the precise portion control necessary to stay in range.

The other part of this equation was finding ACTIVITY that we both enjoyed. We found out we like to walk in parks and talk. That's a FUN weekend activity and also provides some good fitness minutes.

The last part of this weekend fun is doing something "special" (non-food). We try to find time for something every weekend, a special sporting event, games at home, a movie, something fun sans food (you have to be disciplined at the game or theater as well to avoid those snacks!)

Bottom line - Once you are cruising along on that road to "Health & Fitness" you can still have some "treat meals" if you keep your wits about you and keep the portions SMALL and make the rest of your meals balance it out with healthier choices.

This is why THREE years into this journey I'm not feeling bored, deprived or feeling like I'm a prisoner to a diet. I'm just LIVING in a healthier way.

By the way - I still track EVERY single bite of my food. THAT'S a great strategy and keeps those special meals to the proper size!

Get out and LIVE a little this weekend - just do it in a SMART way!

PRESS ON!

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CAROLJ35 10/1/2013 1:56PM

    You really do have this program down pat! We rarely eat out so that is not a problem I face, but we are soon heading to FL where we attend Pot Lucks, Pancake Breakfasts, etc. at our resort and I will keep your food control foremost in my mind!!!
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POUNDSAWAY73 9/30/2013 2:52PM

  I think it is a great idea to split a meal with a spouse or friend, or even take half home for another meal. It is good to go out to a restaurant once in awhile. It is not only fun, but it is good for the soul. Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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TIRED49 9/29/2013 3:35PM

    You always seem to know what topic I need to hear about. Just had one of those eat too much weekends. Thanks for putting some ideas and perspective on it and the future I can have if I work for it.


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TRAVELGRRL 9/29/2013 12:52PM

    You've found a way to have fun AND stay true to your healthy eating. That's excellent, and something I still need to work on. I still "swing" from one extreme to another, although the swings are less intense and don't last as long as they used to, so I guess that's a measure of progress as well! Press on!!!

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TIMEHASCOME56 9/29/2013 11:31AM

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WATERDIAMONDS 9/28/2013 9:22PM

    Such a fantastic blog. Thank you for every tip and every clever idea.



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AJDOVER1 9/28/2013 8:59PM

    Great blog! We all know restaurant portions are large. We just need to take control of the situation and make it work for us. My guy and I each eat half (or less) and take the rest of our food home for one or two more meals each. As you mentioned, these techniques aren't good for those who are "out of control" but control can be learned over time. I'm in a good place and it's great to hear what works for others. Thanks for sharing this!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 9/28/2013 5:45PM

    That's great and your having fun. We have a balloon rally in town this weekend. It was cancelled due to wind and rain. Lots of disappointed people. I'm sure the vendors are going in the red.

I bought burritos for myself and dh. We ate half for lunch and we'll have half for dinner. Good grub.

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JEANNETTE59 9/28/2013 5:17PM

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SUSIEMT 9/28/2013 1:18PM

    Yea You!! Great advice! I think I will enjoy this weekend and stay on plan! WooHoo!

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ANNETTE117 9/28/2013 10:46AM

    Wonderful advice.

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LETHA_ 9/28/2013 9:16AM

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DEEGIRL50 9/28/2013 7:26AM

    I will Live this Weekend and keep food in it's proper place. Thanks for passing on the knowledge you've learned on your journey. I always enjoy your blogs.
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TRISTAROSE 9/28/2013 6:48AM

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/28/2013 6:12AM

    emoticon thank you for sharing your ideas!

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JUJIFRUIT 9/28/2013 1:22AM

    What a nice blog! These are wonderful ideas to making weekends fun and do-able instead of torture or calorie traps. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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LYNMEINDERS 9/28/2013 12:22AM

    Woohoo...go you...
I also am starting to have much smaller portions and to just have bites of things especially sweet things....works well...

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SNOWYOGA 9/27/2013 11:31PM

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GRAMMY7070 9/27/2013 11:23PM

    Sounds like great weekends to look forward to

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NASFKAB 9/27/2013 9:56PM

  what great ideas very useful thanks

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AWESOMECHELZ 9/27/2013 8:50PM

    Pretty cool blog. emoticon I also don't say no to any foods and when I go out, I split the entre in half before I start eating and a share a dessert. Since it's not a diet, like you said, it is a treat and doable. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 9/27/2013 7:57PM

    Wonderful!

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L*I*T*A* 9/27/2013 7:30PM

    well done........
my dh and i often share meals too.....
such a great concept more should try this!!!
blessings and hugs............lita

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 9/27/2013 7:17PM

    I think my husband and I should split an entree from now on! Since we're both in this together now, I'm sure he wouldn't mind! THANKS FOR SHARING!! Oh, and Andes mints are my absolute favorite!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 9/27/2013 6:35PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing!!! emoticon

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